Yeah, screw Game of Thrones and their fixation on two seasons.
My feelings of encroaching Autumn are finally being fulfilled with cooler mornings and evenings. I have had to start warming up the scooter for a few minutes before I head out in the morning to prevent stalling out (more than usual). I am please, but not appeased. Next stop: epic foliage! Hopefully, I can get a photo to replace the stock image I’m currently using as a background for the blog.
This past weekend felt very productive to me. I did a lot of tidying around the apartment, as well as a whole lot of nothing. Motivated by Young House Love to make my apartment a home, as much as I can while renting, I decided to do some rearranging and cleaning up, to see what I can make of the space with what I have. First up was my closet. It’s kind of a Harry Potter closet, as it extends behind the wall seen in this photo, under the stairs going up to my land lady’s place, and the ceiling slopes down accordingly, so I can technically walk into it, but not very far as you go in towards the left.
I clean best by empting stuff and and sorting piles as I go. The pile at the corner of the bed/room has clothes that I need to adjust (take in the sides, mostly, but some are dresses I want to convert to skirts), the rest is just sorted by type, as there’s nothing I’m getting rid of. Once I’d emptied out everything, I put it all back in a more sensible fashion. Since my closet has two hanging bars, I decided to try and just use the back bar so I could walk into the closet and use the space more to sift through things as I’m picking out clothes. I kept work-shirts and skirts in line with the door opening, since I use those most, and will swap those with sweaters when it gets colder out. On the front-most bar, to the left of the doorway, are my sweaters, since I don’t need those right now. I kept a lane open on the floor so if I move the sweaters, I can crawl back to go through the boxes in the closet. There’s not much back there that I need to access anyway, but I like that it’s functional.
I also moved the book cases that were previously in our bedroom, and rearranged the photo display in the living room. I centered the bookcase that I left in our bedroom, and moved favorite books that I wanted displayed out to this one. The top shelf will be mostly filled with Vampire Hunter D, from Boyfriend’s book collection (a huge box of mostly sci-fi and fantasy novels currently living in his parents’ attic). The sewing machine under the desk will go in my closet. Eventually, I’d like to replace the photos with a larger piece of artwork (something with color, maybe), or at least get some frames so I can rotate the content periodically. For now, I like it as a little display of Boyfriend and me, as they are photos I took of us and a vacation we took together (Washington DC in 2010). I also changed up some of the things on the desk (removed the pirate ship tablecloth that had been on it since March, for one) and made it a bit more Autumn-y with my empty Evil wine bottle and empty UFO pumpkin ale by Harpoon.
So, screw Spring cleaning. I do a rearrange/major cleaning/overhaul of my living spaces at least once every season to keep on top of it, and also because it makes me feel better about my living environment.